New members represent fields from human rights advocacy and labor organizing, to finance and civic development
(2012-06-22) The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is proud to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors: Larry Cox, renowned human rights advocate; Richard Iannuzzi, President of New York State United Teachers; Terry Mazany, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust; John Rogers, CEO and Founder of Ariel Investments; and Alan Buerger, CEO of Coventry.
"Each of these new board members will bring a unique set of experiences, insights, and talents to our esteemed Board of Directors," said Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center. "I'm honored by their commitment to the RFK Center's success and by their enduring dedication to helping us carry forward Robert Kennedy’s unfinished work."
"As we begin this next chapter of the Robert F. Kennedy Center Board of Directors, I'm delighted that we’ll be welcoming such a gifted group of new members to our midst. Together, I know we’ll make this a year of progress and new growth in the fight for human rights around the world," said Board Chairman Orin Kramer.
These five individuals were selected out of a competitive field of leaders in business and non-profit:
Larry Cox brings more than 30 years of experience advancing human rights to his new role. Until recently, he served as Acting Director of the RFK Center's Partners for Human Rights program and prior to that, he was the Director of Amnesty International, a senior international justice officer with the Ford Foundation, and Executive Director of the Rainforest Foundation.
Richard Iannuzzi has served as President of New York State United Teachers since 2005, and was instrumental in bringing the RFK Center's Speak Truth To Power human rights curriculum to schools around the state. He is a leading voice in the teachers' labor movement on both the state and federal levels, and is a vice president of both the American Federation of Teachers and the New York State AFL-CIO.
Terry Mazany, as President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, leads one of the nation's largest community foundations, which annually benefits more than two thousand non-profit organizations in metropolitan Chicago. In addition to his leadership at the CCT, he worked in public education for more than 15 years, in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Oakland.
John Rogers is the Founder and CEO of Ariel Investments, former Co-Chair of President Barack Obama's Inaugural Committee, and former Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He maintains an active role in public service as Director of the Chicago Urban League, former Chair of the Economic Club of Chicago, and Trustee of the University of Chicago.
Alan Buerger is the co-founder and CEO of Coventry and a recognized leader in the life insurance industry. He is an expert on the convergence of life insurance and capital markets, and is known as the voice of the life settlement industry.